Family, friends and strangers mourn fallen MIT police officer

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April 23, 2013, 1:03 pm
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(NECN: Deanna Morgan, Stoneham, Mass.) – Family and friends gathered Tuesday to honor fallen MIT police officer Sean Collier. A larger memorial for the 26-year-old will be held on the MIT campus on Wednesday, but first it was a private funeral in Stoneham, Mass.

It’s a cold day.  When Stoneham, Mass. resident, Karen Spinali stepped outside the house “I was on my way to food shopping and I saw all the police.”

She didn’t get far before she just stopped, stood still and watched as police officer Sean Collier’s family and friends sadly walked into St. Patrick’s Parish for his funeral.

“It’s awful,” says Spinali.  “I think the whole world feels that way.”

Twenty-six-year-old Sean Collier was killed Thursday night allegedly by suspects wanted for their part in a pair of marathon bombings.

He was a graduate of Salem State University and had been working as an MIT officer for a little over a year.  He had just been offered another job with another police department.

His life and tragic death has affected many people, even strangers.  

“We just lost an officer in Woburn recently, so this is not our first time doing this,” says Heather Tighe who drove up to watch Collier’s funeral from Woburn, Mass.

Heather and her 10-year-old son, Brendan, stood in the cold outside St. Patrick’s Parish holding mall American flags.  

 “…just out to show our support and our appreciation for what the officers do to keep us safe,” says Tighe.

Collier’s family and friends didn’t want to comment on camera.  Neither Heather and Brendan Tighe and Karen Spinali nor anyone else needed them to.  They were fine watching and grieving with them in the cold, in silence.

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